Senegalese President Macky Sall and French President Emmanuel Macron hug following Macron's speech in Saint-Louis, Senegal, February 3, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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French President Emmanuel Macron got a rousing welcome Saturday from tens of thousands as he visited the historic city of Saint-Louis, Senegal's former capital, and announced an aid package of 40 million euros for the UNESCO World Heritage site which is threatened by coastal erosion from the Atlantic Ocean.Macron pledged 15 million euros ($18.6 million) to fight coastal erosion in the sleepy city, known for its beautifully colored buildings and colonial facades.Macron then walked around the Place Faidherbe, named after one of the most famous French colonial governors from the end of the 19th century.Macron said the French development agency AFD would unblock 15 million euros so that walls could be built within a year to protect the inhabitants of the Langue de Barbarie.
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